PIRATE Karaoke Operations, and Why You Shouldn’t Hire Them

The entertainment licensing fees paid to BMI, ASCAP, etc. will not likely protect you or your business when you have
microphone speaker
bluetooth speaker with microphone
bluetooth karaoke microphone
knowingly hired a PIRATE Karaoke Host. The copies of their music, the images and lyrics shown on screen, as well as the performances of these works inside your venue, truly are illegal.
DJ’s and KJ’s who offer 1000s of song selections, and should not offer proof of the legality, are pirates. YOU, being a Club, Venue or Event host could be held legally and financially accountable for a pirate’s copyright and or trademark infringements. A venue owner who knowingly hires a contractor which is in violation in the law, risks sanctions like the possible loss of their liquor license. Your Entertainment Licenses won’t cover a Pirate, or help you avoid possible prosecution!
“Individuals or Businesses that use a financial reap the benefits of providing an opportunity for such infringing individuals or businesses to work, build a liability on their own and may be found to get vicarious or contributory liability.”
(as quoted directly from: The KIAA WebSite)
It can be YOU because person, or corporate representative accountable for employing said Karaoke Entertainment to determine the legal status of the entertainers. The easiest way would be to view their CD+G Discs, or obtain proof of legal compliance. REAL discs are “original” factory labeled discs, NEVER “burned copies”. If Your Entertainers use digital formats including PC, Laptop, or Hard-drive units, ask to view the initial discs that have been loaded within their system, or a verifiable digital license. If they hand you excuses, or don’t comply with your reasonable request, you’re ready to wish them well, explain the big mistake of the ways, and say GOOD-BYE!
Note: If you hire an entertainment company which has several KJ’s working together with many different systems, EACH system MUST be supported with it’s own individual pair of Factory Original Discs or licensed verifiable copies… if they aren’t, they are PIRATES! Several systems can’t be paid by just one list of original discs or one set of licensed verifiable digital copies. It could possibly be expensive, but it is the LAW.
Little known fact:
The alterations in copyright law and “fair use” are on-going. Most legal sources maintain that “fair use” includes the transfer of digital media as: “1 to 1″… HOWEVER the commercial usage of copied (burned) Karaoke CD+Gs isn’t legal to be used in venues for profit (even for free drinks)… Commercial for profit Karaoke MUST be either through the Factory Original Discs or from Licensed Digital Copies ONLY.
In closing, please remember… Hiring a “PIRATE” karaoke provider may save somewhat cash in the short term, but getting depressed by the legal problems of an law suit will always be more trouble than it’s worth!

PIRATE Karaoke Operations, and Why You Shouldn’t Hire Them

The entertainment licensing fees paid to BMI, ASCAP, etc. will not likely protect you or your business when you have
microphone speaker
bluetooth speaker with microphone
bluetooth karaoke microphone
knowingly hired a PIRATE Karaoke Host. The copies of their music, the images and lyrics shown on screen, as well as the performances of these works inside your venue, truly are illegal.
DJ’s and KJ’s who offer 1000s of song selections, and should not offer proof of the legality, are pirates. YOU, being a Club, Venue or Event host could be held legally and financially accountable for a pirate’s copyright and or trademark infringements. A venue owner who knowingly hires a contractor which is in violation in the law, risks sanctions like the possible loss of their liquor license. Your Entertainment Licenses won’t cover a Pirate, or help you avoid possible prosecution!
“Individuals or Businesses that use a financial reap the benefits of providing an opportunity for such infringing individuals or businesses to work, build a liability on their own and may be found to get vicarious or contributory liability.”
(as quoted directly from: The KIAA WebSite)
It can be YOU because person, or corporate representative accountable for employing said Karaoke Entertainment to determine the legal status of the entertainers. The easiest way would be to view their CD+G Discs, or obtain proof of legal compliance. REAL discs are “original” factory labeled discs, NEVER “burned copies”. If Your Entertainers use digital formats including PC, Laptop, or Hard-drive units, ask to view the initial discs that have been loaded within their system, or a verifiable digital license. If they hand you excuses, or don’t comply with your reasonable request, you’re ready to wish them well, explain the big mistake of the ways, and say GOOD-BYE!
Note: If you hire an entertainment company which has several KJ’s working together with many different systems, EACH system MUST be supported with it’s own individual pair of Factory Original Discs or licensed verifiable copies… if they aren’t, they are PIRATES! Several systems can’t be paid by just one list of original discs or one set of licensed verifiable digital copies. It could possibly be expensive, but it is the LAW.
Little known fact:
The alterations in copyright law and “fair use” are on-going. Most legal sources maintain that “fair use” includes the transfer of digital media as: “1 to 1″… HOWEVER the commercial usage of copied (burned) Karaoke CD+Gs isn’t legal to be used in venues for profit (even for free drinks)… Commercial for profit Karaoke MUST be either through the Factory Original Discs or from Licensed Digital Copies ONLY.
In closing, please remember… Hiring a “PIRATE” karaoke provider may save somewhat cash in the short term, but getting depressed by the legal problems of an law suit will always be more trouble than it’s worth!